New York State Police are looking for someone who stole some very heavy and specialized equipment in the Town of Masonville in Delaware County.

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Authorities say they are looking for a huge “Buffalo” turbine water pump that was stolen from a building being demolished on State Route 8 sometime between July and this month. 

The Troopers say they would like to hear from anyone who sees the large, tubular-shaped equipment with faded brick-red paint which could turn up anywhere from equipment sales to possibly scrap yards. 

Photo Courtesy NYS Police
Photo Courtesy NYS Police

The pump has a large yellow number 2 pasted on the right-hand side. 

According to an online search Buffalo turbine pumps are centrifugal devices that can blast debris, air, dust and water or other materials in a number of applications including air purification.  Online ads for the equipment show devices that appear smaller than the turbine being sought by State Police costing between several thousand to tens-of-thousands of dollars. 

There was no information specifically on what the turbine that was stolen may weigh but it appears the equipment weighs several hundred pounds, indicating more than one person may have been involved in the theft and a vehicle and possibly other equipment would have been needed to remove the item from the demolition site. 

Photo courtesy NYS Police
Photo courtesy NYS Police

State Police have not said what building containing the equipment was being demolished when it was discovered the pump was missing. 

Anyone with information concerning the turbine or a possible suspect in the case or who may have seen suspicious activity around the worksite on Route 8 is asked to contact the New York State Police at (607) 561-7400. (reference case 11105867)  

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